Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Thermofax screenprinting class at Art Van Go

Just had a lovely session printing with a group of twelve students in the Art Van Go studio at Knebworth.I never fail to be delighted by the work groups produce and this was a particularly good session with some gorgeous results, though these pictures don't do the work justice-think I must have been tired!!
Love the effect  of the first picture, which is really white on cream calico, but looks darker here.The next picture is also amazing,with such a 3 D feel to it that it makes you want to touch the surface.
Finally,these lovely prints of knitted lace delighted me,particularly in view of my recent obssession with lace of all kinds.The thermofax creates such wonderfully detailed screens.

Saturday, 20 March 2010

Deadlines met at last

I've finally been able to tick off my long list of things to do.The CLIMATE CHANGE work for the IFA has gone to Italy,the international collage collection to N.Z ,a piece to Finland and the submission for the Lace Competition in Sydney.Sigh of relief, but what next?Sorting out my work and list for the rust and woad exhibition next week.The printed vessel above will be one piece,along with more in a similar vein.Life seems a bit busy at present!

Saturday, 13 March 2010

exhibition at the Washington gallery

We have been working hard towards this exhibition, which will be the second showing of work dyed with rust and woad-come and see it if you are near!I love the colour combination and woad is especially important to me, because my house in France is in the old woad growing region.I grow my own, with varying success and will be creating a dye garden this summer, because I can spend a longer period in France this year.All very exciting!
Then, when I teach my eco friendly dyeing, the plants will be on the doorstep, literally.

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Loads of lace

Finally conquered the virus and manging to do more work on my lace experiments-see design sheet above.It's always a good thing to have a new technique to battle with ,but in the cold studio, things don't always go as smoothly as they might.It has been a challenge finding the right raw materials-very fine Merino didn't work, but 100s has given me what I want,so now I can write up the techniques and add it to my teaching list.

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

winter virus

I'm currently laid low with a hideous virus which means I haven't much energy, let alone creative energy.Managed to do a couple of paper collages today and keep up my daily drawing, but apart from that ,not doing much at all,including eating.Meanwhile,look at this wonderful cloth.